Lakers Reportedly Asking Candidates How They'd Use Russell Westbrook

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Last season was a season to forget for the Los Angeles Lakers and the fans.

One player that had a season to forget is Russell Westbrook. Many fans believed that Westbrook was the missing piece to pair with AD and LeBron to win a championship. When that didn't work out, the expectation now is to trade him to another franchise in the offseason. But maybe Westbrook could be remaining with the Lakers?

Here is what was said in the latest piece with Sam Amick of The Athletic:

More specifically, the notion of Russell Westbrook remaining part of their program is seeming more real all the time. Despite the widely held belief that the Lakers would find a way to trade Westbrook before the start of next season, sources say their coaching candidates have been asked to discuss how they would use him in their system during interviews. The takeaway for candidates, it seems, is that maximizing Westbrook’s presence after his disastrous 2021-22 season is considered an important part of this job.

The issue for the Los Angeles Lakers is that Westbrook's massive contract. He has a $47.4 million player option that he's expected to pick up makes him nearly impossible to trade. But we will see what the Los Angeles Lakers are up to this offseason and if they will move Westbrook.

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